Tuesday, November 15, 2005

BAFTA Scotland Awards 2005

The BAFTA Scotland awards for 2005 were unveiled on Sunday at a ceremony in Glasgow's SAS Radisson Hotel. The event was the second time that Scotland has hosted its own BAFTA awards, following last year's inaugural event. And while the list of nominees may have been "small but beautiful", BAFTA Scotland director Alison Forsyth - who campaigned to stage the country's own version of the awards - said: "Every little country has got its own national identity, and we have a particularly strong identity." She continued: "I think we can be proud. For a wee country, we're not doing badly. Factual programming and documentaries in Scotland are stunning." The awards, which seek to recognise achievement in Scottish film and television, were selected by a panel of 75 industry jurors who sifted through 184 entries in four sections. Among the award winners, the Best Film award went to 'On A Clear Day' and Best Director Award to Annie Griffin for 'Festival'. The Cineworld Audience Award went to the film 'Night People' while the award for Outstanding Achievement in Film was presented to Iain Smith. Among the New Talent Awards, director Amy Neil received the Best New Work award for 'Can't Stop Breathing' and Samir Mehanovic won the Best First-Time Director award for 'The Way We Played'. In the Television Awards, 'Sea of Souls' won Best Drama and 'Still Game' won the award for Best Entertainment. 'The Fighting McIlroys' took the award for Best Documentary and the honour for Best News & Current Affairs went to Frontline Scotland for 'Home Truths: The Real Cost of Care'.